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The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

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"The Best American Magazine Writing 2011" contains award-winning features, exposes, and profiles along with extraordinary commentary, fiction, and poetry from America's leading magazines. This year's selections include stories that not only covered the news but also made news, including Michael Hastings's "The Runaway General," which forced the resignation of General Stanl ...more
Paperback, 580 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Columbia University Press
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Jan 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
As would be the case in any collection, Atul Gwande's piece is the best--"Letting GO" is an outstanding article from the New Yorker about end-of-life care. The Texas Monthly article on Anthony Graves' wrongful conviction and eventual release is damn good, and Christopher Hitchens ("Topic of Cancer") is a beastly good writer, even (perhaps most) when he's being rude. Good Mother Jones article on the Karen of Burma, and I really liked the piece on Mike Allen and Politico ("The Man the White House ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Logan rated it really liked it
Essential reads/writers:
My Bra's Too Tight and It's Never Too Late, by Paige Williams
Joan Rivers Always Knew She Was Funny, by Jonathan Van Meter
What's Your Favorite War? and Why Is Clint Eastwood Still the Man? and Why Can't Kanye West Shut the Hell Up?, by Stephen Marche
Topic of Cancer and Unanswerable Prayers and Miss Manners and the Big C, by Christopher Hitchens
Mister Lytle: An Essay, by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Autism's First Child, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
**The Suicide Catcher, by Mic
Dec 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most satisfying collections in the series. I always come away with liking a lot of the articles, but I think I only disliked two here. The writing is always superb (these are winners and finalists!), and the impact of many of these reporting and public interest articles are grand (a major US general resigned, a man on death row exonerated). Some of these stories made me cry, others made me laugh. Highly recommend if you haven't read any of this yearly anthology, to start this ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Alyce rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT collection of must-read articles, from the Rolling Stone piece that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, to an amazing feature from Los Angeles about what happens to your body after death. Paul Theroux's "Minor Wat" is divine. "Letting Go" and "Innocence Lost/Innocence Found" will haunt me forever.
With rare exception, each article is stimulating, contemplative, and engaging. Unquestionably the best collection of anything that I have read in a long, long time.
Jun 24, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
Some were incredible and some I didn't care for. Above all, I didn't agree with all the selections or the order of the material.
Dec 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Enjoyed Gawande's and McMillan's pieces.
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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a non-profit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines which are edited, published and distributed in the U.S. Established in 1963, ASME currently has about 850 members nationwide. Among other things, ASME works to preserve editorial independence and speaks out on public policy issues, particularly those pertaining to the ...more
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